Published On: Sun, Jun 22nd, 2014

U.S. Embassy in Ankara Headquarter for ISIS War on Iraq – Hariri Insider

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The green light for the use of ISIS brigades to carve up Iraq, widen the Syria conflict into a greater Middle East war and to throw Iran off-balance was given behind closed doors at the Atlantic Council meeting in Turkey, in November 2013, told a source close to Saudi – Lebanese billionaire Saad Hariri, adding that the U.S. Embassy in Ankara is the operation’s headquarter.

Photo:Aydinlik Daily

Photo:Aydinlik Daily

A “trusted source” close to the Saudi – Lebanese multi-billionaire and former Lebanese P.M. Saad Hariri told on condition of anonymity, that the final green light for the war on Iraq with ISIS or ISIL brigades was given behind closed doors, at the sidelines of the Atlantic Council’s Energy Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 22 – 23, 2013.

The Atlantic Council is one of the most influential U.S. think tanks with regard to U.S. and NATO foreign policy and geopolitics. Atlantic Council President Frederick Kempe stressed the importance of the Energy Summit and the situation in the Middle East before the summit in November, saying:

“We view the current period as a turning point, just like 1918 and 1945. Turkey is in every way a central country, as a creator of regional stability. However much the USA and Turkey can work in unison, that is how effective they will be.”

Dr. Henry Kissinger

Dr. Henry Kissinger

The summit was, among others, attended by Turkey’s President Abdullah Gül, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernst Monitz, Atlantic Council President Frederick Kempe, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former U.S. National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft.

It is noteworthy that Scowcroft has long-standing ties to Henry Kissinger and to the Minister of Natural Resources of the Kurdish Administrated Region of Northern Iraq.

“Had Baghdad been more cooperative about the Syrian oil fields at Deir-Ez-Zor in early 2013 and about autonomy for the North [Iraq’s northern, predominantly Kurdish region] they would possibly not have turned against al-Maliki; Or he would have been given more time”, said the Hariri insider during the almost two-hour-long conversation.

In April 2013 the EU lifted its ban on the import of Syrian oil from "rebel held territory to finance the opposition".

In April 2013 the EU lifted its ban on the import of Syrian oil from “rebel held territory to finance the opposition”.

In March 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that Iraq “stops the arms flow to Syria”, while U.S. weapons were flowing to ISIS via Saudi Arabia into Iraq and Jordan.

On Monday, April 22, 2013, 27 of the 28 E.U. foreign ministers agreed to lift the ban on the import of Syrian oil from opposition-held territories to allow the “opposition” to finance part of its campaign.

“ISIS that was supposed to control [the region around] Deir Ez-Zor. [Turkish Energy Minister Taner] Yildiz and [Kurdish] Energy Minister Ashti] Hawrami were to make sure the oil could flow via the Kirkuk – Ceyhan [pipeline];… Ankara put al-Maliki under a lot of pressure about the Kurdish autonomy and oil, too much pressure, too early, if you’d ask me”, the source said. He added that the pressure backfired.

Plotting: Red, by Maj.(r) Agha H.Amin. Blue, by Christof Lehmann

Plotting: Red, by Maj.(r) Agha H.Amin. Blue, by Christof Lehmann

Previous reports confirmed that Baghdad started intercepting weapons and insurgents along the Saudi – Iraqi border, cutting off important supply lines for ISIS brigades around Deir Ez-Zor, and that Al-Maliki began complaining about a Saudi – Qatari-backed attempt to subvert the Iraqi State since late 2012. Noting my remark he replied:

“That is right, but the heavy increase in attacks came in May – June 2013, after al-Maliki ordered the military to al-Anbar “.

A previous article in nsnbc explains how Baghdad’s blockade caused problems in Jordan, because many of the transports of weapons, fighters and munitions had to be rerouted via Jordan.

The Hariri insider added that the oil fields should have been under ISIS control by August 2013, but that the plan failed for two reasons. The UK withdrew its support for the bombing of Syria. That in turn enabled the Syrian army to dislodge both ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusrah from Deir Ez-Zor in August.

“The situation was a disaster because in June Hariri, Yidiz, Hawrami, Scowcroft, and everybody was ready to talk about how to share the oil between the U.S., Turkey and E.U.. The Summit in November should have dealt with a fait accompli”, the Hariri source stressed, adding that Washington put a gun to al-Maliki’s head when he was invited to the White House.

Both the President of the Kurdish region of Iraq, Masoud Barzani and Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki were invited to Washington in early November 2013.

KurdishElection“Certain circles in Washington put a hell of a lot of pressure on Obama to put a gun to al-Maliki’s head”, said the Hariri source, adding that “time was running out and Obama was hesitant”. Asked what he meant with “time was running out” and if he could specify who it was that pushed Obama, he said:

“Barzani was losing his grip in the North (Kurdish Iraq); the election [in September] was a setback. All plans for distributing Iraqi oil via Turkey and for sidelining Baghdad were set between Kirkuk and Ankara in early November…

“Who exactly pressured Obama? I don’t know who delivered the message to Obama. I suspect Kerry had a word. It’s more important from where the message came, Kissinger, Scowcroft, Nuland and the Keagan clan, Stavridis, Petreaus, Riccardione, and the neo-con crowd at the [Atlantic] Council. … As far as I know ´someone` told Obama that he’d better pressure al-Maliki to go along with Kurdish autonomy by November or else. Who exactly ´advised` Obama is not as important as the fact that those people let him know that they would go ahead, with, or without him”.

Asked whether he knew details, how the final green light for the ISIS campaign was given, he said:

” Behind closed doors, in the presence of both Scowcroft, Hariri, and a couple of other people”. To my question “if he could be more specific” he replied “I could; I want to stay alive you know; Riccardione was tasked with the operation that day”.

Noting that a prominent member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family, Prince Abdul Rachman al-Faisal has been named as the one being “in command” of the ISIS brigades, and if he could either confirm or deny, he nodded, adding that “the Prince” is responsible for financing the operation and for part of the command structure, but that the operations headquarter is the U.S. Embassy in Ankara Turkey. “As far as I know, nothing moves without Ambassador Riccardione”, he added.

Ch/L – nsnbc 22.06.2014

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About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and independent political consultant on conflict and conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. His work with traumatized victims of conflict has led him to also pursue the work as political consultant. He is a lifelong activist for peace and justice, human rights, Palestinians rights to self-determination in Palestine, and he is working on the establishment of international institutions for the prosecution of all war crimes, also those committed by privileged nations. On 28 August 2011 he started his blog nsnbc, appalled by misrepresentations of the aggression against Libya and Syria. In March 2013 he turned nsnbc into a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at

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  1. Rick Staggenborg, MD says:

    While the neocons may have given the green light to ISIS in November to dismantle Iraq, it is still Obama’s decision whether to lend military support. They might be able to fund the insurgency, but they cannot command the military.

    That inability caused their plans in Syria to fail the first time. If Obama fails to deliver again and throws the decision to Congress, it will fail again. That is where I suggest that Americans should be putting their efforts to stop a direct US attack on Iraq and thereby Syria.

  2. Paddy says:

    Great job. Journalism.

  3. Sandy says:


    :… Atlantic Council President Frederick Kempe stressed the importance of the Energy Summit and the situation in the Middle East before the summit in November, saying:

    “We view the current period as a turning point, just like 1918 and 1945. Turkey is in every way a central country, as a creator of regional stability. However much the USA and Turkey can work in unison, that is how effective they will be.”

    How many tens of millions died during the First World War?
    How many tens of millions died during the Second World War?
    Now that Frederick Kempe is so PROUD to be part of riding the world into another murder of tens of millions, should we not arrest him and crown his ambitions with a NUREMBERG TRIAL?

    Thank you for a great job nsnbc – The time to rise is now. Who ever wants to go and arrest these people, count me in.

    • Ron says:

      Kempe, Brother Erdogan, Rachman, Ricciardone and the rest of the rabble should end their lives on lampposts, as befits enemies of civilisation.
      Much thanks to Christof for this excellent article.

      • Abu says:

        The Devil’s In The Details.

        • Oh yes it is in the details, or they are in the details. Thank you all for the positive feedback. Special thanks to the very courageous person who stepped forward. You did the right thing. Let’s hope that the day will come when you can safely be honored in public.

          • Abu Tarleyb says:

            Well you sure as hell at least exposed those little imps. What to do about them are details that, let us hope, don’t require World War 2 ending fascist lamp post hangings.

  4. Mustafa says:

    True peice of journalism. Nice work. Keep it up man.

    • @Mustafa. Thank you for recognizing that it is good journalism and your feed-back. One comment. Investigative journalism is extremely expensive. If more people used the donate button in the right column we would be able to deliver work like this more often. We are independent, which means we depend on people like you and other readers supporting us.

  5. Bash says:

    Great Article.
    What about Israel, dont you think that its the most one benefiting from all this?

    • @Bash. Difficult, if not impossible to say what country benefits most and also beside the point. It took months of investigative work, of cultivating contacts and gaining the trust of a person who took a great risk by speaking to me. The point of this article is not to answer the question what country benefits most. Mostly these statements are over-simplifications, generalizations anyway. The point of this article is to name the names of those who have been directly involved and that is what I did as much as I could without endangering the person who was courageous, and had integrity enough to speak out. We have the names, of people, with addresses. They are published here. You can go to them, write to them and ask them direct questions. Is that not better than blaming anonymous constructs like countries? Another point. There are US citizens involved. Shall we blame “The USA”? Does that also include people like former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney? We have to get more sophisticated in our analysis and reporting than that. I hope that makes sense for you and thank you for asking.

  6. Dear Dr. Lehmann, thanxs for the great article and most obviously great piece of investigative information on How the Zionist Neocon cabal in Washington, London, are destroying, destabilizing countries, nations just for their God-Given natural RESOURCES. That is EXACTLY what is GOIING ON IN SUDAN ( SOUTH SUDAN & SOMALIA BALKANISATION PROJECT) Creating weak, dependent, fully-dominated and exploited “STANS” like KURDISTAN , Somali-land, Punt-land, Jubba-land, etc in less then 2 DECADES of CIA/EU/MI5/MOSS AD using African Union and SWEET i,e AMISOM as fifth Brigade and Buffalo Soldiers to subjugate and Re-Colonize Africa + Somalia via AFRICOM.


    Pls Dr. Lehmann, investigate o

    • Dear Dr. EGAL.
      Thank you for your kind response to this article; and I largely agree with your description of Somali”stan” etc..The main obstacle to good, investigative work is funding. Advertisements on nsnbc don’t even cover our expenses for servers. How much we can or cannot afford to work with investigative journalism depends to a large degree on how many people use the donate button in the right hand column.

      If you knew how few people “chip in” you would not only understand why we cannot do investigative work like in this article very often, but that I “literally” often am confronted with the choice between paying server and phone bills or starving myself. Usually I chose the latter because I owe my children to leave a better world for them. Any support will not only be appreciated but helps doing more investigative work.

  7. Tony says:

    Dear Christof; — Thank you for a great article shedding some light on the behind the scenes players – many like Hariri and the Saudi’s are actually immaterial.— I announced to my friend’s (who laughed!) 2 years ago that there would be a middle-east war in which millions would perish; however the story begins here, simple facts:

    1. US will be the largest exporter of Oil & Gas in the next 3 years. The cost of extracting Shale & Frack Oil and Gas requires Crude to be above $100/bbl – Only $7 in Iraq

    2. These 2 innovations are truely REVOLUTIONARY in the history of mankind and will kick off a new Golden Age of cheep energy. Countries such as Poland are Potentially the next Qatar, Argentina is proffessed to be a future energy Loviathan not to mention S.Africa….and and and. The genie is out of the bottle!

    3. With the advent of this “free world” oil & gas production increase the US as the biggest producer has no option but to DESTROY oil and gas production – easiest option the middle-east, starting with Iraq, Kuwait. Qatar (but Not UAE) and ultimately ending with one of 2 large candidates – IRAN or SAUDI ARABIA

    4. The game has started, a small proxy war in Iraq will pull in Iran, Egypt (Saudi Lacey) and Saudi Arabia with the age old Sunni Shiite archive revisited. AFTER which the West will decide which big boy to eliminate.

    I predicted this 2 years ago and told my friends it will start in Iraq as the 1st country to be taken off the oil market (potential 7m Barrels per day). — Who is the final victim do you think, IRAN or Saudi?

    • Dear Tony. You are right about South Africa but not without subverting Mozambique first. By 2020 Mozambique will have become the world’s 2nd largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. By the way, about forecasting events. In July 2012 I wrote that the risk for a war in Ukraine was significantly increased because the June/July NATO-led campaign against Syria with 20,000 fighters under the command of Mahdi al-Harati failed. In December 2012, after Russia and the EU failed to reach an agreement on the EU’s Third Energy Package failed due to interference of US/UK networks I wrote that a war in Ukraine had become unavoidable. All a matter of public record. Suggestion.. lift the analysis above the level of NATO did it, the EU is behind it,it’s US imperialism, to identifying the actors who manufacture the wars. They all have names, addresses, and we know who they are. THAT is where the protest and opposition has to be carried. To their doorsteps and the comfort of their homes in which they hide.

  8. 3 months down the line its Dec 3, 2014… I paid my dues though on a miserly pension… so please to all others click the donate button, if I can pay so can you. Now to business…re OIL,GAS and URANIUM per Marin Katuso’s “THE COLDER WAR… just out uo can get it on Amazon for a miserly $21… RUSSIA is the undisputed ENERGY GIANT… period.
    then made a deal with Turkey Dec 1 26 hours ago … and cancelled the South Stream project… no prior warning !!! Putin operate a bit different from Obama !!! AND the opposition in Syria has asked (demanded) that Assad has talks with them so they can work out some peace !!! now comes my predictions no extra charge: USA with all their think tanks etc will most likely destroy themselves within the next 5 years or less… and EU as a union break up in less than 5 years … so there… How do I know, my guess is as good as yours, plus my tea leaves.

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